Posts Tagged ‘Railroad shops’

A Memory that Reminds Me of How Blessed I’ve Been

June 10, 2021

Sometimes I forget just how large the Wheeling & Lake Erie/Nickel Plate/Norfolk & Western shops are at Brewster.

I haven’t been to the shops in nearly two decades, but on the Sunday afternoon of Nov. 3, 1968, I was there.

Permission for photography everywhere but inside the shops was quickly given and I went out to take photos.

I must have had my wide-angle lens on my camera to get so much (but not all) of the building in the scene. More than likely I was taking a photo of the locomotives (FM H12-44, EMD SD7 or EMD SD9, and Alco switcher) more than of the scene.

Looking at the shops then, I probably did not realize that the W&LE had built steam locomotives inside the shops. To find only three locomotives outside was a surprise since often five to seven would have been in this scene.

Memories brought on by images such as this make me remember how blessed I am.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Fire Destroys Storage Buildings at Beech Grove Shops

May 3, 2021

Two storage buildings at Amtrak’s Beech Grove Heavy Maintenance Facility in suburban Indianapolis were destroyed by fire on Sunday morning.

Firefighters were called just after 12:30 a.m. and had the blazes under control by 2 a.m. No injuries were reported and no cause of the fire has yet been released.

The corrugated buildings were used to store paint and cleaning supplies.

Lack of a working fire hydrant on the Amtrak property hindered firefighting efforts, forcing firefighters to run hoses from nearby Emerson Avenue and use tanker trucks for water supply.

Video of the scene shows P40 No. 822 in its Phase III livery parked outside the buildings where the fire occurred.

W&LE Brewster Shop Tour Set For Sept. 27

August 22, 2014


The American Steam Railroad group is sponsoring a tour of the Wheeling & Lake Erie shops in Brewster on Sept. 27. Tickets for the tour are $72 apiece. The event is a fundraising event for the group, which is seeking to restore Frisco steam locomotive No. 1352.

The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends at noon. The ticket price includes bus transportation from Columbus and will feature a stop at the WANDLE House Museum. A box lunch will also be provided.

The bus will pick up passengers in Columbus at the Franklin County Fairground and in near the W&LE shops.
All attendees must enter the property via the tour bus as no one will be permitted to enter railroad property with their personal vehicle.

The group advises that because due to the nature of the shops that the tour is not recommended for children under 8 years of age.To order tickets online go to: